NORFOLK, Neb. — Gov. Dave Heineman has appointed two Norfolk attorneys to fill judicial vacancies in Nebraska's 7th Judicial District.
Mark Johnson was appointed to serve as a district court judge, while Mike Long will become a county court judge.
The 7th Judicial District consists of Antelope, Cuming, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Stanton and Wayne Counties. The vacancies were created by the retirement of District Judge Robert B. Ensz and the resignation of County Judge Richard Krepela.
Johnson, 57, is the president and a partner at Johnson, Morland, Easland & Lohrberg in Norfolk, a private law firm he started as a solo practitioner in 1989. He has previously worked in two private law offices in Norfolk and McCook and the Dodge County Attorney's Office in Fremont.
In 2010, Johnson received a special appointment from the Nebraska attorney general as an assistant Nebraska attorney general for a case.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Long, 45, currently serves as the deputy county attorney for Madison County. Long previously served as a deputy Scotts Bluff County Attorney and as Antelope County attorney.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and his law degree from Creighton University School of Law.